Patagonia is one of the most unexplored and most popular off-the-beaten-track destinations for the adventurous. Now, more and more, it is also appearing on the radar of superyacht owners looking to explore these uncharted waters. Located in the southern end of South America, Patagonia’s landscape is as challenging as it is diverse, and the easiest way to experience all Chile has to offer is via the water. We talked to AYSS members South American Super Yacht Support (SASYSS) to find out what makes this region spectacular.
1. Its Identity
Since the late nineteenth century, Chilean culture has been nurtured by the arrival of immigrants from Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Croatia, and Palestine so it’s no surprise that over 60% of Chileans are of mixed European decent. Measuring at 4,265 kilometres, it is also one of the longest countries in the world, which explains the variety of climates one can experience from the dry north to the fertile, mild central region and the frigid south.
2. The space
Here, there are an overwhelming 1,043,076 square kilometres of impressive geography to explore; today, Patagonia remains one of the rare corners of the world still left to be discovered by our industry. It encompasses over 1,300 nautical miles from Puerto Montt to Cape Horn. For perspective alone, the Chilean portion by itself is about as large as Great Britain and is known for its spectacular rain forests, fjords, glaciers, and rivers. While many associate Patagonia with Argentina, it is, in fact, Chile, which provides the best access to see and experience the region.
3. The beginnings
5. The routes
It’s located 3,100 nautical miles from the Panama Canal, 530 nautical miles from Antarctica, 4,200 nautical miles from Tahiti and only about 2,000 nautical miles from Easter Island which is located at the halfway point between Tahiti and Chile (and is also part of Chile by the way!). Yachts arrive from the Galapagos, Callao (Machu Picchu) and Robinson Crusoe to Puerto Montt (if arriving from the north) or Puerto Williams (coming from the south).
6. It is the ‘Land of the Big Feet’
Legend has it that when the Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, first arrived in 1520, he found large footprints of the natives. He later described the people he met as the Patagonian giants, close to 4 meters tall. The myth of the local giants, true or not, has stuck and inspired the name of the region today.
7. The weather
8. The itinerary
9. The wine
10. The safety issue
AYSS members, SASYSS, are superbly placed to assist yachts in Patagonia, Cape Horn, and Antarctica. No job is too big or too small for this friendly, experienced, and enthusiastic team. If you are thinking about Chile, Patagonia, Peru or any of the regions in the area, the team can guide you through the perfect itinerary for your owner or charter guests. Tomas Miranda, Captain and General Manager, with over 16 years of experience in the superyacht industry has over a hundred thousand miles of cruising under his belt. Carlos Miquel, Regional Director, is a Master of Civil Engineering and Hydraulics and has been sailing in Chile, Europe, and the US since he was a child. A competitive sailor, he is also ranked internationally and is also an expert on local wines. Ricardo Carcamo is Operations Manager. Born and raised in Patagonia, he has worked in the shipping industry since 1988 and has worked in all of the ports from Valparaiso to Puerto Williams giving him vast first-hand knowledge of all the ports and facilities in Chile. He is also secretary of the Norwegian Consulate in Punta Arenas focused on matters related to Antarctic expeditions. The South American Superyacht Support team will be at nearly every show and event in the Med and USA this year educating the industry on how to experience one of the most uninhabited areas of our planet.